I was able to spend the entire day yesterday with my buddy, Jayden. He’s also my great-nephew, so I can brag a little. He was great as he endured over two hours of waiting with me with my car when it was looked at in the tire shop. Then we enjoyed fish and chips for lunch and I gave him the hushpuppies. After that we went outside and he rode his bike with the training wheels. Oh, did I mention that Jayden is three?

I remember, uh, about twenty nine years ago (give or take a few years) when I stood by Jayden’s Mom as she rode the wonderful Big Wheel up and down the driveway at our house. This is my version of As The Big Wheel Turns, I guess. I’m sort of proud of it.

After the bike riding (which didn’t last long, of course) I brought some things out of the house to load into my car. Jayden, who doesn’t miss a trick, saw that and started asking his questions:

“Are you going away?” He asked.

“Yes,” I said. “I have to leave tomorrow.”

Jayden gave me his “cross” look and his bottom lip may have even quivered a little. It broke my heart.

“I don’t want you to go.” He said.

“I know, I don’t want to go, either.” I responded. “I wish I could stay right here with you, forever.”

Looking down at the ground, I noticed that Jayden was standing in my shadow. “And you could stand in my shadow every day.”

He giggled a little at that, then moved next to me so that his shadow appeared next to mine.

“Like this?” He asked.

“Just like that,” I said.

And this morning I said good bye to Jess, Jayden and Mikey. Having made the decision to go to Illinois, I drove twelve hours and pulled off the road for the night in Lafayette, Indiana. I will write more about the journey to Illinois later. But for now, I think I’ll just let my mind go back to yesterday, when my shadow and Jayden’s were next to each other. And for some reason, we look like we’re wearing dresses!

 

p.s. (can you post script a blog?) anyway, I thought I would add that Jayden is not the only one who has stood in the shadow of the Windy. Many have, but most of them grew up and now overshadow my shadow! Still, it’s nice to remember that once the shadow of the Windy was great!